Canada has issued a travel advisory to its citizens planning to visit Kenya, warning them of the high levels of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping in the East African country. The advisory, which was updated on December 1, 2023, also cautions travellers of the regular power outages that affect the provision of essential services and security.
According to the advisory, Canadians should exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism and a high crime rate. Some areas, such as the border regions with Somalia, South Sudan, and Ethiopia, as well as some neighbourhoods of Nairobi and the coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties, have increased risk and should be avoided altogether.
The advisory also states that terrorist attacks have occurred in various parts of Kenya, targeting government buildings, places of worship, airports, public areas, and foreigners. It advises Canadians to be particularly alert during religious holidays, sporting events, and public celebrations, and to stay at hotels that have robust security measures.
Furthermore, the advisory warns of the high crime rate in Kenya, especially in urban areas, where violent crimes such as robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and murder are common. It urges Canadians to avoid walking or travelling alone, especially at night, and to avoid displaying signs of wealth or carrying large sums of money. It also recommends travellers to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service and to follow the advice of local authorities.
In addition, the advisory alerts travellers of the regular power outages that affect Kenya, especially during the rainy season. It notes that these outages can disrupt the operation of water supply, telecommunications, health facilities, and security systems. It advises Canadians to have a contingency plan for emergency situations and to carry a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, and a mobile phone charger.
The advisory also provides information on the entry and exit requirements, health, laws and culture, and natural disasters and climate of Kenya. It encourages Canadians to consult the Travel Advice and Advisories page for more details and to contact the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi for consular assistance. It reminds travellers that they are responsible for their own safety and security abroad and that they should obtain comprehensive travel insurance before leaving Canada.